behind the scenes artists: directors, producers, creators, screenwriters, etc.
(See also composers and Otakuphrenia: famous people)
I originally didn't plan on specifying in what capacity (or capacities) anyone was involved in making the movies or shows that I list here, but eventually I changed my mind. It will probably be a long time before I add notices of these things to old entries, but at least any time I add a new entry, I'll include letters to represent various jobs:
A=actor / AP=associate producer / Art=artist* / C=creator / CP=co-producer / D=director / Dev=developer / EP=executive producer / P=producer** / W=writer
(*I'll use "artist" as a catch-all for storyboard artist, animator, character designer, etc. **"producer" will also include consulting producer and supervising producer)
Almost Human (EP); Armageddon (W); Believe (EP); Joy Ride (W/P); Lost (C/EP); Revolution (EP); Star Trek (D/P); Star Wars (W/D); Super 8 (W/D/P); Undercovers (C/EP); and a bunch of things I haven't seen but would like to.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (W/D/P); The Grand Budapest Hotel (W/D/P); Moonrise Kingdom (W/D/P).
Arthur and the Invisibles (W/D/P); Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (W/D/P); Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (W/D/P); The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (W/D); The Fifth Element (W/D); Leon: The Professional (W/D); A Monster in Paris (CP); The Transporter (W/P)
Blazing Saddles (W/D); Get Smart (C/W); Life Stinks (W/D/P); Spaceballs (W/D/P); Young Frankenstein (W/D); and several things I hope to see someday. I also know him for acting, both live-action and voice work.
Shorts like Vincent (W/D) and Frankenweenie (W/D), as well as feature projects like 9 (P); Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (P); Batman (D); Batman Returns (D/P); Batman Forever (P); BeetleJuice (D); Big Eyes (D/P); Big Fish (D); Cabin Boy (P); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (D); Corpse Bride (D/P); Dark Shadows (D); Edward Scissorhands (W/D/P); Frankenweenie (D/P); Mars Attacks! (D/P); The Nightmare Before Christmas (W/P); Pee-wee's Big Adventure (D); the Planet of the Apes remake (D); Sleepy Hollow (D); Sweeney Todd (D); and TV series Beetlejuice (EP); Family Dog (EP); etc.
The Abyss (W/D); Aliens (W/D); Avatar (W/D/P); Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (EP); Dark Angel (C/EP); The Terminator (W/D); Terminator 2 (W/D/P); Titanic (W/D/P);
True Lies (W/D/P)
Cannell, Stephen J.
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (C); 21 Jump Street (C); The A-Team (C/W/EP); Broken Badges (C/EP); The Greatest American Hero (C/W/EP); The Hat Squad (C); Profit (EP); Riptide (C/W); The Rockford Files (C/W); Silk Stalkings (C); Stingray (C/W/EP); Wiseguy (C/W/EP); etc. Plus hosting Scene of the Crime (C); appearing as himself on Castle; etc.
The Lone Gunmen (C/EP); Millennium (C/W/EP); The X-Files (C/W/D/EP); The X-Files: I Want to Believe (W/D/P); etc.
Adventures in Babysitting (D); Bicentennial Man (D/P); Fantastic 4 and Rise of the Silver Surfer (EP); Galaxy High School (C); The Goonies (W); Gremlins (W); Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (D/EP); Home Alone (D); I Love You, Beth Cooper (D/P); Jingle All the Way (P); Monkeybone (EP); Mrs. Doubtfire (D); Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief (D/P); Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (EP); Pixels (D/P); Stepmom (D/P), etc.
Cursed (D); Dracula 2000 (EP); My Soul to Take (W/D/P); Nightmare Cafe (C/EP); A Nightmare on Elm Street (D/W); Red Eye (D); Scream (D); Scream 2 (D); Scream 3 (D); Scream 4 (D); Swamp Thing (D/W), etc.
Day, Felicia See favorite actors
Caper (EP); Dragon Age: Redemption (EP); The Flog (EP); The Guild (C/W/P); LARPs (EP); Morganville (EP); Outlands (EP); Spooked (W/EP); Sword & Laser (EP); Titansgrave (EP); Written by a Kid (EP); etc.
del Toro, Guillermo
Blade II (D); The Book of Life (P); Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (W/P); Hellboy (W/D); Hellboy II (W/D); Hellboy: Blood and Iron (P); Hellboy: Sword of Storms (P); The Orphanage (EP); Pacific Rim (W/D/P); Pan's Labyrinth (W/D/P); Rise of the Guardians (EP); Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (W/P); Splice (EP)
Angel (W/P); Firefly (P); Revolution (P); Gotham (Co-EP) Supernatural (W/EP); The Tick (the animated [C/W/CP] and live-action FOX series [C/W/EP], and the live-action Amazon series [C/W/EP]); Titan A.E. (W); The Venture Bros. (W)
Bewitched (W/D/P); Mixed Nuts (W/D); Sleepless in Seattle (W/D); When Harry Met Sally... (W/AP); You've Got Mail (W/D/P); etc.
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (EP); TV series DC Super Hero Girls (Dev); Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (Dev/W/P/Art); The Iron Giant (Art); My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (C/EP/W/Art); The Powerpuff Girls (W/D/Art); The Powerpuff Girls Movie (W/Art); Super Best Friends Forever (C/W/D/P/Art); etc.
American Dragon: Jake Long (Art); Avatar: The Last Airbender (D/Art); The Mandalorian (W/D/EP/A); Fillmore! (Art); King of the Hill (Art); Mission Hill (Art); Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie) (D/Art); Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series) (W/D/A); Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (Art/EP/A); Star Wars Rebels (C/W/D/Art/EP/A); Star Wars Resistance (C/W/D/EP/A)
The Amazing Screw-On Head (W/EP); Dead Like Me (C/P); Heroes (W/P); Mockingbird Lane (W/EP); Pushing Daisies (C/EP); Star Trek: Voyager (W/CP); Wonderfalls (C/W/EP)
The Dark Crystal (W/D/P); Fraggle Rock (EP); The Great Muppet Caper (D/A); Labyrinth (W/D); Muppet Babies (C/EP); The Muppet Show (C/W/EP/A); The Muppet Movie (P/A); The Muppets Take Manhattan (EP/A); Sesame Street (W/D/EP/A); The Storyteller (C/EP); etc.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents; The Birds; Dial M for Murder; North by Northwest; Psycho; Rear Window; Vertigo; etc.
The Adventures of Tintin (P); District 9 (P); King Kong (W/D/P); The Lord of the Rings trilogy (W/D/P); The Lovely Bones (W/D/P)
Kelley, David E.
Ally McBeal; Boston Legal; Chicago Hope; Doogie Howser, M.D.; L.A. Law; Picket Fences; The Practice
2001: A Space Odyssey (W/D/P); A Clockwork Orange (W/D/P); The Shining (W/D/P)
Indiana Jones; Labyrinth; Star Wars; Willow; The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles; etc.
MacFarlane, Seth See voice actors M-N
He's done writing and/or producing and/or directing on episodes of other people's animated shows, including Dexter's Lab; Johnny Bravo; et al. But he's best known for his own animated creations, including American Dad!; Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy; The Cleveland Show; Family Guy; et al. He's also created and/or produced some live-action shows and movies, such as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; and The Orville. He's also an actor, and while some of it is live-action, I'm more familiar with his voice work (which is why I have his links there instead of here). Oh, and he's also a singer.
The Adventures of Tintin; The Curse of the Fatal Death; Doctor Who; Jekyll; Sherlock
American Gothic (EP); Darkman (W/D); Don't Breathe (P); Drag Me To Hell (W/D/P); the Evil Dead movies (W/D/EP); Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (EP); Jack of All Trades (EP); M.A.N.T.I.S. (C/EP); The Quick and the Dead (D); the Spider-Man movies (D); Spy Game (C/EP); Xena: Warriror Princess (Dev/EP)
Andromeda; Earth: Final Conflict; Star Trek and some of its spin-off series and movies.
Gilmore Girls; and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Shyamalan, M. Night
The Happening; Lady in the Water; The Last Airbender; Signs; The Sixth Sense; Unbreakable; The Village; Wayward Pines.
Chasing Amy, Clerks; Dogma; Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (which I haven't seen yet); Jersey Girl; Mallrats; etc.
The Social Network; Sports Night; Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; etc.
The Adventures of Tintin; An American Tail; Animaniacs; Back to the Future; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; Freakazoid!; The Goonies; Gremlins; Hook; the Indiana Jones movies; Invasion America; Jaws; Jurassic Park; Monster House; Pinky & the Brain; Poltergeist; Super 8; Taken; Tiny Toon Adventures; War of the Worlds, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, etc.
Straczynski, J. Michael
Babylon 5; Crusade; etc. And I'd like to read some of his comics someday....
Dexter's Laboratory; Hotel Transylvania; Powerpuff Girls; Samurai Jack; Star Wars: Clone Wars; Sym-Bionic Titan.
Thomas, Rob (not the singer)
Cupid (1998); Cupid (2009); iZombie; Veronica Mars; etc.
Cursed (W/P); Dawson's Creek (C/W/EP); Glory Days (C/W/EP); I Know What You Did Last Summer (W); Scream franchise (W); Teaching Mrs. Tingle (W/D); Time After Time (C/EP); etc.
The Back to the Future trilogy; Beowulf; Johnny Bago; Matchstick Men; Monster House; Romancing the Stone; Tales From the Crypt; Who Framed Roger Rabbit